A Vaccine’s Progress

As I mentioned a few days ago, I was able to register for my shot of Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday 6th May, which I duly did. For those of you who haven’t yet registered in Ireland, it’s a straightforward process although you do need a mobile phone as well as an internet connection.

I said in my earlier post that

…I have no idea what that means for when, where or with what I will actually get vaccinated. As with so many things these days we’ll just have to wait and see.

When I registered I was informed that it would be up to three weeks before an appointment would be arranged. Actually, I got a text this morning giving the answers to all three questions I wondered about in that quote, and very interesting they turned out to be!

First my appointment is actually on Tuesday 11th May, just three days from now. The location is Citywest Convention Centre, in Saggart (outside Dublin), and the vaccine I will be receiving is Pfizer/BioNTech.

All three of these pieces of information surprised me: the date (because it is so soon – not that I’m complaining about that); the location (because I was led to believe I would be vaccinated in the County I live in, Kildare, the vaccination centre for which is Punchestown Racecourse, near Naas; Citiwest is in County Dublin); and the vaccine (for reasons I discussed here, I assumed I would be given either the AstraZeneca or Janssen (J&J) vaccine).

Anyway, I’m delighted with the way it has turned out, which means I’ll could well be fully vaccinated by the end of June, depending on the timing of the second dose.

The only (very slight) downside to this is that I was actually quite looking forward to visiting the racecourse at Punchestown as I’ve never been there before and it is an easy journey from Maynooth by bus. The consultant who looks at my knees from time to time is at Naas Hospital, so the trip is a familiar one to me. Citiwest may be marginally closer as the crow flies, but it’s basically inaccessible by public transport from here so I’ll have to get a taxi there and back. The vaccination system here seems to assume that everyone has a car as many of the big centres are in out-of-town locations hard to reach by public transport.

Some people I know who have had this vaccine have reported side-effects and others have experienced none whatsoever. I’ll just have to wait and see what happens in my case. I’ll get my jab in the morning so if I do react badly to it I’ll have an excuse for missing the Faculty Meeting scheduled for Tuesday afternoon!

4 Responses to “A Vaccine’s Progress”

  1. SteveB Says:

    I (68 years old male) had no side effects from my second dose of Pfizer. Both of my daughters (23 and 25) had rather severe reactions the day after their second doses. My wife (63 yrs old) had no reaction from her J&J jab. My 96 year old mother-in-law had a strong reaction after her 2nd dose of Moderna.
    I’m a bit disappointed that my second dose was ho-hum. It tells me my immune system is not working as hard as it could.

  2. Anton Garrett Says:

    I had a very mildly sore arm for a few days, beginning a few days after getting my first AstraZeneca shot in Telford in March. Second shot due in a fortnight. No other effects so far as I can tell, including no effect on my mild long covid (fairly mild but fairly long, and I think definitely if slowly clearing, so hopefully not chronic).

  3. My wife (47 and, probably necessary to say these days, a biological woman) had no side effects whatsoever; she didn’t even notice the injection. For me, it was a normal jab and I was a bit more tired than usual for the first three evenings. Usually, there are some side effects, but relatively mild, though some people are in bed for three or four days with flu-like symptoms. Both with BioNTech, so six weeks between jabs.

  4. Jonivar Skullerud Says:

    I had a sore arm for about a day after my first Pfizer dose (my second is due in a couple of weeks and i am hoping to keep my diary free that day and the day after). My brother (57) was quite lethargic for a day after his second dose. My mother was a bit unwell after her second dose but my father and both my parents-in-law felt nothing. My wife was unwell for a day after her first dose of AstraZeneca.

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